Golden Globes 2020: Hildur Guðnadóttir Becomes First Woman to Win Best Score

Golden Globes 2020: Hildur Guðnadóttir Becomes First Woman to Win Best Score

Hildur Guðnadóttir earlier won an Emmy for her musical score in HBO’s hit series, Chernobyl last year

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker was one of the top contenders to win the most awards at the 77th Golden Globes which were held in Los Angeles last night. While the film didn’t manage to get a Best Film award, the movie’s music composer Hildur Guðnadóttir made history as she won the award for Best Original Score at the 77th Golden Globe Awards – a dream she never thought would be fulfilled. Hildur is only the second woman to ever win the award and becomes the first solo female winner in the history of the category. The best original score award was introduced as a Golden Globes category back in 1947.

Hildur was at a loss for words as the she accepted the trophy. She said, “This is truly — I’m speechless.” Her win came against distinguished competition from Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, Thomas Newman for 1917 and Daniel Pemberton for Motherless Brooklyn. The award seems to life Hildur’s spirits as her score for HBO’s Chernobyl won an Emmy in September 2019. She will also be competing in the upcoming Grammy Awards, giving her the rare opportunity to win three of the entertainment world’s top trophies in a matter of months.

Hildur hails from Icealand and is a classically trained cellist. She gained international recognition due to her film scores, including for the action thriller film Sicario: Day of the Soldado prior to Chernobyl. Joker had four nominations at the Golden Globes last night. Joaquin, while receiving his award for the Best Actor, termed Hildur’s music as a key factor in his crafting of his character, the disaffected and disturbed Arthur Fleck, who transforms himself into the unfunny clown called the Joker. Filmmaker Todd Phillips also took a new approach with Joker when he set the script to Hildur early in the process that would give his star direction during his search for the off-kilter screen persona.

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By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates